Graduate Student Opportunities

Graduate Teaching Assistantships (GTA)

Graduate Teaching Assistantships are available to all graduate students. Current opportunities are available on the University's GTA Website. Note that SEDRD students may apply to any TA position where they meet the eligibility criteria in the posting. SEDRD GTA assignments will be posted on the University's website, and an email will be circulated to students via the SEDRD listservs. Fall GTA positions are typcially posted in July/August, and Winter GTA positions are posted in October/November, although these dates may change depending on departmental requirements. Students must apply through the University website; emailed applications will not be accepted. Student applicants should create an account and update their online profile with relevant details.

Graduate Student Research Assistantships (GSRA)

Opportunities may be available for students to work on faculty research projects. These opportunities are managed by the faculty member responsible for the project. Open positions may be posted here or circulated via the email listservs.

Current Graduate Student Opportunties

1.  Broadband Research Fellowships -  MSc in Capacity Development & Extension

The Ontario Agricultural College’s School of Environmental Design and Rural Development (SEDRD) and the Capacity Development and Extension Program invites applications from qualified Canadian citizens or Permanent Residents for MSc research fellowships on the topic of ultra-high speed Internet broadband infrastructure and applications in Southwestern Ontario.

Given the rapidly changing context of regional and rural broadband development and deployment, priority research topics would include:

  • Broadband gaps within past, current and evolving scenarios of regional and rural connectivity
  • Rural First Nations’ user needs and infrastructure deployment processes involving First Nations communities
  • Adoption of digital devices and applications for innovation by farms and small businesses
  • Geo-spatial and economic analysis for broadband planning and evaluation (comparative approaches in Canada and internationally)
  • Community or municipal-led initiatives for ultra-high speed internet access and uptake

The ideal candidate(s) will have a honours undergraduate degree. Students may come from diverse academic backgrounds including computer science, economics, telecommunication management, engineering and/or agricultural sciences. The fellowship is valued at approximately $3500 per semester, renewed for up to three semesters based upon satisfactory academic and research performance.

Eligible and interested applicants are invited to contact Dr. Helen Hambly ( by email before May 30, 2018 indicating the applicant’s interest and GPA (grade point average) for the last two years of full-time university study. If the applicant is deemed eligible, an application to the MSc CDE program will be required and other required information will be sent to the applicant. For inquiries about graduate admissions to the University of Guelph, see

For further information about the R2B2 Project please see:

2. PhD Rural Studies Doctoral Student

Stipend:              20K per year for 3 years + field expenditures; additional support provided by School for applicants with strong records.
Application date:  August 6, 2018
Start date:          September 2018
Program info:

The Oil Sands region of Alberta offers an acute example of the growing challenges in Canada regarding the role of different levels of government, First Nations, Métis and stakeholders in environmental governance. We are offering a unique opportunity to join a multidisciplinary and multi-sectorial research group that is focusing on the challenges and opportunities of developing community-based monitoring programs in the Oil Sands region of Alberta. The team includes government policy makers, fish biologists, resource managers, academics from across the country as well as partners in First Nations and Metis communities. The doctoral student will conduct interdisciplinary, participatory research while supporting the development of community-based monitoring projects, based on the application of the Multiple Evidence Based (MEB) approach supporting knowledge co-production between Indigenous, local and scientific knowledge systems.

Desired skills and qualifications

  • Master’s degree in relevant field including environmental management; planning and development; anthropology; environmental studies; political science; etc.
  • Experience working in Indigenous community contexts in Canada
  • Expertise in conducting social research using participatory approaches
  • Track record or potential of publication and/or work experience in an academic context (conferences, active in networks, etc.) and service to Indigenous communities.
  • Some understanding of the complex nature of environmental governance in multi-stakeholder contexts (northern Alberta preferred) involving resource intensive industries, government agencies, First Nation and/or Métis governments and organizations, associations, non-government associations, etc.
  • Knowledge of environmental monitoring issues in Indigenous contexts is an asset.
  • Experience communicating results of research and scientific information to Indigenous partners in a clear, accessible and respectful ways.
  • Knowledge of fish ecology and management, biocultural diversity, social-ecological systems and/or resilience an asset.

Interested applicants should send by email a cover letter, CV and contact information for 2 references to Dr. Nicolas Brunet, University of Guelph, as soon as possible.

Other Funding Opportunities

There are numerous opportunities to apply for scholarships and various awards.   Please visit the Scholarships and Awards section from the Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.  Make sure you take the time to review your possibilities. 

Student Financial Services provides a variety of funding opportunities for students, including scholarships and needs-based awards. Students should contact Student Financial Services directly to determine eligibility requirements.